CMS Announces Medicare Prior Authorization for 6 Lower Limb Prosthetic Codes

On Friday, February 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that six lower limb prosthetic codes will be added to the codes that require Medicare prior authorization as a condition of payment. The official announcement was published today, February 11 in the Federal Register.   AOPA has actively communicated concerns about Medicare […]

Funding Opportunity: 2020 COPL Pilot Grant RFP Now Open

The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA), working in conjunction with the Center for Orthotic and Prosthetic Learning and Outcomes/Evidence-Based Practice (COPL) and its Board of Directors, is pleased to announce its 2020 Request for Pilot Grant Proposals in 10 potential areas of orthotic and prosthetic research including an open topic.  For 2020-2021, the association is seeking proposals […]

AOPA Participates in CMS Listening Session on Contractor Operational Performance

On January 29, 2020, AOPA staff participated in a CMS listening session that was designed to receive provider feedback on the operational performance of Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs).  The session was introduced by CMS Administrator Seema Verma and was moderated by Larry Young, the Director of the CMS Medicare Contractor Management Group. The 60-minute session […]

AOPA Virginia House of Delegates HB 503 Testimony

Yesterday, at the request of Virginia Orthotic & Prosthetic Association, AOPA staff joined the Amputee Coalition to testify in front of the Labor and Commerce subcommittee of the Virginia House of Delegates in support of HB 503. This bill (first introduced in 2019) would mandate health insurance coverage for mechanical, bionic prosthetics that have a […]

AOPA’s 2019 Legislative Victories

Thanks in large part to your efforts, the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA) secured several legislative victories in 2019, positioning us to achieve even more success in the second session of the 116th Congress, which convenes on January 7. Our victories included: In May, Congress introduced the Wounded Warrior Workforce Enhancement Act which would […]

CMS Announces Significant Changes to Requirements for Physician Orders

As part of their overall effort to reduce provider burden, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a significant change to the requirements for physician orders for Durable Medical Equipment, Orthotics, Prosthetics, and Supplies (DMEPOS).  The change is effective for claims with a date of service on or after January 1, 2020 […]